26 Mar Get to know James…
Meet James, cookie addict and lover of island life…
Q: What skill would you like to master?
Healthy eating… I live off pies and M&S cookies.
Q: When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Marketing/general business ideas and cocktail recipes!
Q: How do you relax after a hard day of work?
Napping, I’m a serial napper.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
All of it! Could I have predicted the last 10 years of my life, 10 years ago? Absolutely not, that’s the exciting part, who knows what the next 10 years will bring! Hopefully more M&S cookies, but time will tell!
Q: Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
The bakery aisle at M&S, followed by Guernsey’s south coast cliffs, you don’t need to travel across the globe for amazing views.
Q: What’s the best thing that happened to you last month?
I got a pug. A lifelong dream, realised.
Q: What city would you most like to live in?
Right here in good ol’ Guernsey, I love it here. Although I have lived in Bristol before and I really miss it, so that comes in second place.
Q: What are you addicted to?
M&S cookies, did I mention that?
Q: What irrational fear do you have?
The sea, I won’t step foot in it for all the tea in China.
Q: What would you do with a million pounds?
Other than the standard materialistic things… I’d need more than a million pounds, but I’d spend money on Guernsey; create more green spaces, ensure the flower boxes on South Esplanade were full all year-round, revitalise the Old Quarter, start an investment fund for small businesses, bring some life to the piers – like I said, a bit more than a million pounds…!
Q: What were some of the turning points in your life?
Got out of a job that made me miserable, I’ve never looked back! So many people look at work as a means-to-an-end, but there are jobs out there that can make you happy, too many people think that dreading Monday is normal, it’s really not!
Q: If you could have a video of any one event in your life, what event would you choose?
My trip to Thailand back in 2013, probably my most fond memory.
Q: What’s your favourite piece of clothing you own / owned?
A pair of tweed trousers I purchased from Hymn (a menswear store at the bottom of Mill Street, now closed), I’ve stitched them up four times, I can’t let go and I can’t find a like-for-like replacement.
Q: What hobby would you get into if time wasn’t an issue?
Either learn Japanese or learn the piano – or both!
Q: What are some small things that make your day better?
A nice big unhealthy breakfast, something with Nutella in it. Sunshine. Realising I remembered to iron a shirt the night before for work! When Waitrose have a sale on Ben & Jerry’s.
Q: What’s the best way to start the day?
With a Nutella crepe from Café Delices.
Q: What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
Q: What’s your claim to fame?
I’ve been written about in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sun and the Daily Express! (For good things, guys, good things).
Q: What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Marketing and cookies. Oh, hold on, the marketing of cookies. Yes. James Le Gallez’s Cookie Marketing Agency. Watch this space.
Q: Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?
Little Sark, love it there.
Q: What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
I think I’ve lived a life full of luck, but I’ve made my own luck. I live a happy, fulfilled life and I’ve got a lot to be thankful for!
Q: Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
I’d been working for AD for a while before joining the team full-time. I was eager to provide more value and direction, I love getting fully-invested into a brand, so when I was challenged to provide a business case for me joining the team, I leapt at the opportunity!
Q: What’s your favourite food
Other than M&S cookies and pies (did you pick up on that?). Hmm, long list; fajitas, Nutella, bacon, Stilton, chorizo… anything unhealthy really.
Q: What’s your favourite drink
A Negroni – gin, Campari & Martini Rosso. Heaven in a glass.
Q: What are three interesting facts about you?
– I have size five feet. (Interesting? No. Hilarious? Apparently so…)
– I once ate nine M&S bakery cookies in one sitting.
– I have 14 pairs of shoes and counting